GOP Gains At Least Three Senate Seats, Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota : It's All Politics GOP Senate candidates made 3 blue states red. But W. VA seemed to thwart hopes of Senate control. That normally red state chose to send its popular governor to Washington.
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GOP Gains At Least Three Senate Seats, Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota

For those keeping track, Senate Republicans needed to switch ten seats from blue to red in order to gain control of that body.

So far they have three. Republican John Boozman in Arkansas defeated Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Meanwhile, Dan Coats in Indiana, a former senator and U.S. ambassador to Germany, returns to that chamber. He defeated Rep. Brad Ellsworth.

And in North Dakota, the popular Republican Gov. John Hoeven defeated Democrat Tracy Potter.

Republicans needed to take West Virginia, typically a red state in national elections, to have their best chance to win the Senate. But the very popular Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat, defeated Republican businessman John Raese, keeping the seat long held by Robert Byrd in Democratic hands.